We’re very nearly buried in reviews this week, but with the holidays almost two weeks away they should help you decide what to purchase as gifts for your gadget-savvy loved ones — or as a treat for yourself! This week we reviewed three new laptops (the NV55C54u from Gateway, the HP Pavilion g6-1c77nr, and the AcerAspire TimelineX 5830TG-6614), two smartphones (the Samsung Galaxy Nexus from Verizon and the mammoth HTC Titan), new tablets from Motorola and Toshiba, and a plethora of accessories and gadgets including iPad keyboard cases, wireless speakers, and a digital personal trainer that fits on your wrist.
For those who find 9- and 10-inch slates too large to carry everywhere, 7-inch tablets provide greater portability and easier one-handed use. With competitors such as Acer, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Lenovo, and Samsung making 7-inch devices, Toshiba is entering an already crowded market with its new slate. However the new Thrive 7-inch brings some compelling favors to the party, including a high-resolution 1280 x 800 screen and an attractive design. But is this Tegra 2-toting tablet worth its relatively high $379 price?